Paris Through A Lens: An Introduction To Robert DoisneauDan Einav, The Culture Trip November 14, 2015
Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) was one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century, capturing life in his nativeParis with all the perception, originality, and beauty found in the work of Impressionist artists such as Monet, Renoir, and Manet, who immortalised the city through their art almost 100 earlier. These six photographs encapsulate Doisneau’s talents and his aesthetic ethos.
The Paris of Famed Photographer Robert DoisneauJean-Claude Gautrand, France Today May 28, 2015
Robert Doisneau had a supreme sense of those absurd, unexpected situations and subtle twists that transform the meaning of a scene by delicate allusions that quite transcend anecdote. We cannot help but observe that the images created by Doisneau, like those of the comic writers, are more serious than they seem. "There is a kind of pathos about the bride drinking at the bar or the one on the seesaw at Gégène's", he noted, adding: "Humour is a feeling of shame for overt emotion. When the scene is too tender - or too cruel - you take refuge in humour to avoid that sense of embarrassment."
SECRET CITY: JASON LANGER AND ROBERT DOISNEAUPhilippa Lewis, Don't Panic November 24, 2008
Robert Doisneau’s images have today become synonymous with Paris: even if you haven’t heard his name before, you’re bound to have seen reproductions of his work on calendars, notebooks and postcards. However, there hasn’t been a serious retrospective of his work in the UK since 1992 and so the Michael Hoppen Gallery’s exhibition this winter is both timely and refreshing. By displaying rare vintage prints of Doisneau’s photographs alongside a retrospective of contemporary, award-winning photographer Jason Langer’s urban portraits and nudes, Secret City encourages comparisons between both artists and their aims, drawing out striking similarities and differences in their portrayal of urban life.